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The Alfa is in for quick once over before we go away on hols. I love Alfas: The 156 was pretty special for the money, for handling and reliability. The newer 159 is awesome. Improves on the already impressive 156.

The specialist has lent me a 147. Gawd, it is a nasty, rat-infested piece of vermin. The gearbox is clunky and horrible, squeaks and rattles. And it has nasty tan interior. All I need now is for it to break down.

Can't wait to pick mine up.

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plastic penguin wrote:

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The specialist has lent me a 147. Gawd, it is a nasty, rat-infested piece of vermin. The gearbox is clunky and horrible, squeaks and rattles. And it has nasty tan interior. All I need now is for it to break down.

It's an Alfa - what's your point? Biggrin

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ukdavej wrote:

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The specialist has lent me a 147. Gawd, it is a nasty, rat-infested piece of vermin. The gearbox is clunky and horrible, squeaks and rattles. And it has nasty tan interior. All I need now is for it to break down.

It's an Alfa - what's your point? Biggrin

Now, now...

I would highly recommend the 156 and 159 without hesitation. Of course they have their foibles, but reliability isn't one of them. The 147 however...

Joelsim once said they love the garage too much, but he did own the.... 147. Case made. 

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Depending on engine, the 147

Depending on engine, the 147 gearbox would have been in a 156 too. Gear boxes tend to be mated to an engine, not chassis. It feels like crap because it's essentially a hire car, I gaurantee that thing has been ragged. Poor chap.

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Paul. wrote:

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Depending on engine, the 147 gearbox would have been in a 156 too. Gear boxes tend to be mated to an engine, not chassis. It feels like crap because it's essentially a hire car, I gaurantee that thing has been ragged. Poor chap.

Sure you are right about it being ragged.

Over the countless years of owning and messing around with cars, regardless of make, there's always at least one model that's the minger.

The 147's rear end looks like a baboon with a smacked ar#e. The steering wheel is 'orrible, and add that to the other issues, along with the 147s reputation of being unreliable, then I'm pretty sure it's the runt of the Alfa litter.

They say people with good experience of Alfas 'swear by them', while those who don't 'swear at them'. I fall into the former with the 156 and 159... the 147 though. Nasty.

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The car is ready for

The car is ready for collection. He checked the brakes, steering, air filters, lights, suspension... and took it for a test drive at high speed. Everything is fine and ready for the holiday. Oh and cost? £40.00

Wonder how much a big franchise dealership would charge? Probably a lot more than 40. Well phat!

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plastic penguin wrote:... and

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... and took it for a test drive at high speed.

Make sure you get a dated invoice just in case you need to prove you weren't driving it at the time is was clocked Good

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It should be fine. There's a

It should be fine. There's a dual carriage way just up the road from his place. There aren't any speed cameras, and he wouldn't go over 60. He was talking more about pushing thru the gears rather than 5th gear peddle to the metal. That's the best way of testing the brakes in real time.

 

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plastic penguin wrote:

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Well phat!

When did you move to 1980s America?

 

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I remember going with my dad

I remember going with my dad to get his e class serviced, we wandered off to get breakfast somewhere.  On the walk back I heared this roaring exaust, whatever it was it was absolutely booking.    You guessed it, my dad's e class... I'm confident they would have got a summons at that pace.

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This is a must for any music

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